Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Favorite Songs

I love music and I thought it would be fun to list my favorite songs. I have two groups, secular and Christian.

Secular: Probably my all time favorite in this category is Unchained Melody. My husband and I saw the Righteous Brothers at the beautiful Fisher Theater in Detroit. When the main singer of that song, I believe it was Bill Medley finished, he said, " (some other singer I have forgotten, )eat your heart out") It was fantastic. Next comes Percy Sledge singing, When A Man Loves A Woman. After that, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother. I love the lyrics and the haunting harmonica in that one. Rod Stewart singing, Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye. Two others, Willie Nelson's You Were Always On My Mind, and As Time Goes By, from Casablanca.

I guess you can tell that I have a great love for the ballad.

Christian songs: A Mighty Fortress with words by Martin Luther, Faithful One, As The Deer, I Will Celebrate Your Love Forever Yahweh, Let It Rise, Arise.

I also love these hymns: Be Thou My Vision (ancient Irish tune,) Above The Hills (to the tune of Danny Boy,) This Is My Song (tune is Finlandia,) Song Of Joy (Beethoven,) and Holy, Holy, Holy.

I especially love two Thanksgiving songs: We Gather Together and Come Ye Thankful People Come. The extra verses have such great words and the tunes are so sweet. I love to think myself in a small church in the evening about this time - lights are low, and we sing out one of these songs. This takes me back to my childhood, and makes me think of God and history and good things.

I think other people have done favorite songs on their blogs, but I haven't had the chance to list mine. Are there any on my list that you just love? Which are your favorites? They can be totally different.


  1. My wife and I love the show "As Time Goes By" Staring Judi Dench. It uses the song as it's theme so I always like hearing it.

    One of my favorites is "Awesome God" by Rich Mullins. My son from the time he was about 4 or 5 loved to try to sing it but being unable to remember the words or the tune would make up most of it. The only words he could remember were "My God is an awesome God" but I dearly loved to hear the wonderful words he would make up to fill in. They were always different but I imagine God loved hearing them every time!

    My daughter loved the song "Walking On Sunshine" and would try to sing it almost as soon as she could talk.

    I think those little voices made the songs far more beautiful than the most talented singers ever could!

  2. I love Unchained Melody and When a Man Loves a Woman,and You Were Always on My Mind. The last because my Dad is a huge Willie Nelson fan:) There are so many songs I love, but my daughter performed My Father's Angels in a school music show and it was the sweeetest sound ever!

  3. Book Nut - I think it is fantastic that your son made up words to Awesome God. What a memory to treasure. I also love that song. It must have slipped my mind.

    Kara - I have not heard My Father's Angels, but I'm sure it was beautiful.

  4. I enjoy many of these same ones. Right now my fave hymn is Be Thou My Vision.

    Fun post!

  5. My husband and I danced to Sleepwalk for our wedding. I love that its a timeless, wordless ballad. :O)

  6. Hi Nancy -

    Oh my, the list is too long for me to put it here. I do love Steve Green's songs. Hubby and I had, "Cherish the Treasure," at our wedding.

    I also like Sandi Patty's early albums, as well as Dennis Jernigan. And...what would Christian music be without Hillsong, Michael W. Smith, and Mercy Me?

    LOL! I told you my list was long, and that's just a few of my favorites.

    Susan :)

  7. Unchained Melody is my favorite one that you listed. That has to be one of the best songs ever written and performed.

  8. I love all the songs you listed! And I'm a huge fan of I Know that My Redeemer Lives. :)

  9. many of the Hillsong selections, especially from the '90s. Classic hymns like *It Is Well* and secular...from Beatles early ballads to Country. :)

  10. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother is a great song!

    Your favorite Christian songs are some of my favorites too :-)

  11. This was lots of fun. Thank you everybody.